Cultured Focus Magazine’s Annual Awards and Diversity in Film Symposium celebrated film leaders at the 79th Venice International Film Festival 2022


NEW YORK and Venice, Italy, September 7, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Cultured Focus Magazine hosted its Cultured Focus Awards Ceremony and Diversity in Film Symposium in 2:30 p.m. at the Hotel Danieli, Venice, Italyon Monday, September 5, 2022.

After a distinguished and prolific career spanning fifty years of theatre, film and television, the revered Italian actor Calabrian Pino received the Cultured Focus Lifetime Achievement Award at the ceremony.

Mr. Calabrese’s illustrious career in the performing arts began in 1972 in theatre, working with professionals like Massimo Troisi, Gigi Proietti, Enrico Montesano, Pippo Delbono, and many more. Calabrese’s skills have evolved, ranging from cabaret and musical works to dramatic and comic theater, and productions with social and political content.

His cinematic work in “Breaths” in 2018 won him an award at the 2019 Sorrento Film Festival.

During the ceremony, Calabrese said, “I would like to imagine a future in which every person could be represented on screen. Diversity is wealth, we must never forget that.”

Also recognized was Yevgeny Afineevsky, who already has Oscar and Emmy nominations under her belt. This director and producer received the Excellence in Film award. Afineevsky’s masterful documentaries delve into the lives and stories of ordinary people to give them a voice. His acclaimed films explore the freedom and dignity of people in the midst of conflict. These films include: “Winter on Fire” and “Cries from Syria.” He also created “Francesco”, about the life and teachings of Pope Francis. His current film “Freedom on Fire: Ukraine Fight for Freedom” will premiere at the 79e Venice International Film Festival. Was present with him the journalist and star of the film Natalia Nagorna, who told the harrowing stories and hardships facing the people of Ukraine. Afineevsky reiterated the need for all voices to be heard, especially today.

Daphne Di Cintowho attended the Actors Studio Drama School, didn’t just star as the Duchess of Hastings in the Netflix series Bridgerton but is also an esteemed writer, director and producer. His highly acclaimed short film “IL MORO” (THE MOOR), was screened at the event and left the audience in awe and awe.

She received the Cultured Focus Visionary in Film award. The work has already won numerous distinctions including, more recently, the prize for best director of a foreign short Madrid International Film Festival 2022.

Ainslee Alem Robson received the Cultured Focus Innovation in Film Award. Robson had previously received the Special Jury Prize for Ferenj: a graphic memory in virtual reality at the New Images Festival in Paris, among other awards. His film KANDAKA was presented as part of the 79th Venice International Film Festival. The film focuses on an African leader who led her people to war against the Romans. Her combined training in philosophy and new media gives her a critical approach to her emancipatory narrative strategies. Through a cross-cultural, feminist, and first-generation American lens, she creates worlds centered on narratives of decolonization that deconstruct colonial identity, perception, hierarchy, and legacies, using film and emerging technologies from the digital art to convey its message.

Artist and teacher Justin Randolph Thompson spoke about Black History Month in Florence as co-founder and director. He also spoke extensively about initiatives to improve the telling of black history through education.

The Cultured Focus symposium on diversity in film was led by an award-winning actress and writer Francesca Van Horne who perfectly moderated the talented panel of industry leaders.

The meeting was led by the journalist, Ekaterina Shevliakovawhose makeup for the event was completed by Best Color Makeup in Italy.

Other celebrity guests in attendance included members of Il Moro’s talented cast, including Alberto Boubakar Malanchino, Andrea Melis, Lorenzo Troconi, Loretta Grace, Ira Fronten, Aida Diouf, Judith Saint Jermain, Cecilia De Pasquale and Charity Dago. The event was organized by the producer of the film Taylor Re Lynn.

Cultivated Focus is an entertainment news magazine that provides up-to-date information on American and global art and culture. Founded in 2016, the magazine showcases top talent from all corners of the world, including A-list celebrities, business leaders and many others who are making a positive impact in the world.

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